Can't use mixed case and spaces in CD volume name

Posted on 2006-04-28
Last Modified: 2010-04-03

When I try and set the volume name for a CD using mixed case and spaces, it won't let me.  e.g. If I enter MyName, it converts this to MYNAME.  If I enter My Name, it won't accept the new name at all because of the space and reverts back to the old name.  Anyone know why this happens and is there a suitable workaround or fix?

I have a HP CD-Writer Plus 8100i.  I'm using Easy CD Creator 3.01d, which came with my writer and using Windows '98 SE.  The problem occurs when changing the volume name of a data CD layout (before burning the CD).

I'm not sure why this happens, as I've noticed many CD-ROMs have mixed case and spaces in the volume name e.g. My Name.  The CD format is set to Joliet, which I thought would be able to support volume names with mixed case and spaces.

Any ideas?

Thanks in Advance,

Question by:Richard2000
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    Expert Comment

    Change the character set to ASCII and that should allow more characters.
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    Accepted Solution

    The ISO-9660 standard limits the characters in the volume name to the same set of characters allowed in a filename, namely A-Z, 0-9, '.', and '_'. Some programs enforce strict adherence to the standard, while others are more relaxed.

    For example, if you wanted to create a disc with Nero that had a hyphen in the volume name, you would go into the "file options" and change the Character Set to "ASCII". Nero will then allow a broader range of characters. Other programs may or may not have similar features.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for your reply.  Unfortunately, I can't see an ASCII option or similar in Easy CD Creator 3.01d.  I've downloaded and installed the update that HP provide for my writer (bringing it up to 3.5c), but this hasn't helped with this problem.  Easy CD Creator is set to the default (Joliet), rather than ISO-9660.  Strangely, mixed case and spaces are being allowed in file and folder names, but not in the volume name.

    Could the problem be related to Windows '98 SE?  Are there any workarounds using the existing software?

    Author Comment

    Unfortunately, it doesn't appear there is any way of actually fixing this issue with the software I'm using.  Therefore, two solutions are:

    1) Work around the issue by using my current software and settle for uppercase only and no spaces in the volume name (maybe use underscore instead of a space, which is accepted).


    2) Install some other software, such as Nero 6 (or maybe 7), that would be more flexible with the characters that are used in volume names.

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